There are many ways to get around Sardinia: From choosing the best cheapest flight to deciding whether renting a car or not. To help you out, I put together these useful FAQs to literally guide you around my Island, STRESS FREE!
THE MOST POPULAR QUESTIONS:
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FROM CAGLIARI AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTER:
Cagliari Airport is only 15 minutes away from the city center. Don’t worry, it’s very easy to move inside the airport and you have several options to reach Cagliari!
The cheapest option is to get the bus just outside the arrivals and departures. The ticket to get to Cagliari and vice-versa is around 4 Euros and you can buy them at the newsstand (at the arrivals) and at the Mc Donald’s at the departures. The bus will take you to Piazza Matteotti, at walking distance from the bus station and the port. Very convenient!
Timetable from the departures: the first bus departs at 5:20 am and the last one at 10:30 pm, there is one every 30 minutes. (If you get lost or you’re not sure where the stop is, just ask (in English or why not, in Italian! “dove e’ il bus per Cagliari?” You will find many people ready to help you out!
Finally, after years of waiting, we have a train stop at Cagliari airport! It takes around 5/7 minutes to get to Piazza Matteotti and it’s also cheap: around 1.50 Euros. The train station is 5 minutes walk from the terminal, to go to Cagliari stay at platform 1. You can buy the tickets online here (search for ELMAS AEROPORTO as departure and just Cagliari for the final destination.)
If you are already in Cagliari heading to the airport you can also get the tickets at the train station. The last train is at around 10-10:30 pm (but make sure to check on the official website).
This is also cool as if you are not headed to Cagliari, you can now easily take a train to several other destinations around Sardinia! (For more info, please read the next FAQ on how to move in Sardinia without a car)
There are 3 main Airports in Sardinia:
- Cagliari Elmas (South Sardinia)
- Alghero Fertilia (North West Sardinia)
- Olbia (Northeast Sardinia)
FOR GENERAL BOOKINGS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD:
SKYSCANNER : Since this is my N.1 choice for 90% of my flights around the world, I highly recommend it as I never had any issue and it saves me hours of research online. It’s easy to use and compares every possible airline for the route you need. It is convenient if you don’t have the option to book a direct flight to Sardinia.
To give you an honest review, I compared the prices when booking with Skyscanner or directly through the airline website and sometimes there is a difference of 10/20 euros more when booking with Skyscanner. This doesn’t apply to all the flights and routes, so if you have time, do some research (especially for direct flights), for non-direct flight It’s much better to just go with it, as the research is sometimes exhausting!
AIRLINES OPERATING TO SARDINIA FROM THE UK:
RYAN-AIR: Routes covered from Stansted, Luton and Dublin to Alghero, and from Gatwick to Cagliari.
Tips: check out for additional taxes and fees and restriction on luggage when booking! Ryan air might be cheap but sometimes is not convenient if you plan to stay on the east coast, as the roads from Alghero to Olbia are not very easy to figure out. Maybe it’s better to spend a bit more with other companies and travel stress-free!
EASYJET: Gatwick, Luton and Bristol to Olbia and from Stansted to Cagliari.
Tips: I used Easy Jet when I lived in London and they have very convenient prices. In winter they just fly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, whilst from May on they have daily flights. Be careful as the prices shown don’t include the check in baggage (around 20 euros for 20kg). They will also ask you to choose your seat, insurance, car, hotels etc. I usually decline.
BRITISH AIRWAYS: Heathrow to Olbia and Cagliari.
Tips: The flights to Cagliari are only on mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. To Olbia they only operates on Wednesday and Saturdays. The prices are inclusive of taxes, no hidden fees and are pretty similar to the low costs companies.
THOMSON FLIGHTS: London Gatwick to Alghero.
Tips: Honestly? I don’t recommend them. They only fly on Saturdays and the prices are VERY expensive. I give you this choice just in case everything else is fully booked and you don’t have a fixed budget. Ps: If you happen to book with them, and you don’t find “Alghero” on the choices is because they put it under “Sardinia- Alghero”.
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